Its been a strange time for me hobby wise the last week or two and then I had about the worst 24 hours I’ve had in a long time this week as well. I usually steer clear of stuff going on in my personal life because I’ve always kind of viewed this site as a website about miniatures in the hobby and people don’t generally check these things for other content but my experiences were bad enough, I feel like it is worth sharing this time.
I don’t want to go into great depth but I have the worst neighbors who moved in a month or maybe two months ago. They’re bad enough that its hard to know when the torture began. They do nearly every small thing that would annoy others. Being loud in the hallways of an apartment building, being rude to others who are kind to them, etc.. This week they decided to play music loudly a lot so the bass was vibrating through the walls of my entire apartment which was bad enough as it is. But then they decided to do it at 3:30 in the morning which woke me and my fiancée up. We called the police which is the first time I’ve had to do that in my life. That alone would be enough to ruin someone’s day but then later that day I was leaving to go get my first COVID vaccine shot and I ran into one of them with their dog in our apartment’s courtyard. The dog is a Pit-bull mutt and is a puppy and it ran up to me (because it was unleashed) and started biting on my pant leg and then jumped up and bit my arm. Thankfully, it didn’t break the skin and I was able to get away from the dog and its owner shortly after that unharmed but really mad and a little frightened too. I think the dog is teething but that is sooo dangerous that it is doing that to people, especially if the dog continues that behavior when it gets older. I’m not surprised that their dog is dangerous because they seem negligent in everything they do. Unfortunately, I tried to file a report with the police and they told me they wouldn’t do that unless if I was actually injured which is crazy. I want to PREVENT that from happening. I was so angry and frustrated on the day that it happened because I had to take the day off of work entirely to deal with all of their crap and the end result is basically that my neighbors will get a demerit from the property management company at our building because the police won’t do anything. I was already looking forward to moving but now I’m dying to get out of this place and away from them. My neighbors truly are terrible and unlikable people who pay no mind to anyone around them. I thankfully have rarely run into such people but it is scary to see that some people are this way.
With that horrible event out of the way, I have been painting but I don’t have tons to show off considering I’ve had about two weeks to since my last update. Here is what I have done.
First up, I got another objective marker done. As you can see this one is practically a little diorama with all of the household items to paint. Objective markers like this take a long time to complete because because each item has its own paint scheme that I have to find pictures of online (because I’m an obsessive modeler) and then finally paint. I really like the writing on various objects and the scratches on the red container’s label look very convincing too. Its kind of hard to see in the photo directly above though, unfortunately. The weathering/rust could have been a bit darker on the red parts but that is the only thing I would really change, well that, and I wish these didn’t always take so long to finish. Its hard to get motivated to paint one and then when I finally do, I’m usually like, I’m not doing that again for a while! I was feeling tired and lazy tonight so I don’t have a picture of all my completed objective markers but I will get them out when I complete another one of them. I think I’ve got 4-5 of the 10 done which is not too shabby.
Next up, I completed another Gen 2 Synth. I kind of forgot how I did the previous one so I was making things up as I went along with this one but I’m happy to say he came out well and looks good in comparison with the previous one. Not a lot to say on this one other than, I think I probably didn’t quite match the bone colored armor plates and darkened those too much. I remember when I was playing and painting MESBG, I would really obsess over that sort of thing and trying to stay as consistent as I could but for whatever reason, I’m not at all bothered this time around by it. Here is a look at what I’ve painted for the Institute thus far. I’m halfway through the box now which is nice to say. I unfortunately mostly have Gen 1 Synths to paint now so that will be a little repetitious I imagine but I’ll get through it.
And that is all I accomplished. There are exciting things on the horizon though. I got the Deathclaw mini, which I need for the next Fallout scenario, ready to be painted and I may focus on it next. I also made a somewhat surprise purchase that will be a big project. I’ll give you a few hints to get you excited. It is made by Games Workshop. It is in the fantasy genre. And it is Elvish in nature. I have some great ideas in mind for it as well so I think it has potential to be a real winner and outdo old Drazhar but only time will tell. I may get going on that this upcoming week instead of the Deathclaw. I’m not sure and am feeling a little indecisive the last day or two as I try to ramp up on something.
I’ve also been eyeing some gaming projects outside of Fallout and while I was hoping to get into that in this week’s update, I think I will save it for next week as this post is plenty long enough as it is. I have condo showings on Saturday and Sunday this week so my condo hunting and the wedding are starting to impact my hobbying time a bit more now. I’m sure that is at least partially why I don’t have a lot to show for in the last two weeks too. Hopefully I can make some meaningful hobby progress this week and get caught up on what everyone else is doing hobby wise soon too!